FOCUS ON THE OUTCOMES PUPILS AT NORTH EAST SCHOOL ARE FITTER THANKS TO 3G SURFACE Castle View Enterprise Academy’s 3G pitch in North Sunderland is used for more than ninety hours every week by 1,381 grassroots footballers. It was made possible thanks to a £346,235 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund. 14-year old Castle View pupil Thomas Green has benefitted enormously from the surface. The young left-footer signed-up to the school’s football academy initially just to hone his skills but found himself becoming fitter and healthier in the process. “The school’s pitch gave me something to help improve as a footballer and because I play on it so often I know it has made me healthier,” said Thomas. The youngster’s new-found energy attracted the interest of scouts who watched the gifted young man get fitter and develop his skills – it wasn’t long before Newcastle United’s Academy signed him. “I couldn’t believe it,” remembers Thomas. “I have a lot to thank the school for and also the pitch. If it wasn’t for all those hours spent playing on it and getting fitter, I probably wouldn’t have been signed-up.” Not only is the 3G pitch home to the Russell Foster Youth League, which caters for more than 700 affiliated Mini-Soccer and junior teams across the North East, it is also a base for the Durham FA’s Coach Education Programme. The pitch spawned a football academy too, which is run by the school as an outlet for students to stay active with a view to gaining formal football qualifications. Castle View also has a partnership with the Foundation of Light, Sunderland AFC’s charitable arm, which is helping the school’s students to get active during break times. The ‘Lunch Time Sports Club’ sees two community outreach coaches from the club visit the school daily to help encourage students to maintain an active, rather than a sedentary lifestyle. FOCUS ON THE OUTCOMES: BENEFITS TO PHYSICAL WELLBEING Football facilities developed by the Foundation are helping to create a more active population. Our all-weather pitches, for example, allow more people to play sport regularly and enjoy the physical benefits that come with regular exercise. 14 CASE STUDY CASE STUDY CASE STUDY CASE STUDY CASE STUDY